DIY Nautical Frame

Simple DIY Anchor Art Tutorial


Hi all – I’m Melissa from A Prudent Life and I’m so excited to show you my newest creation. Along with the rest of the world, I’ve been on a serious nautical kick lately. I’ve got the boat shoes in my wardrobe and just finished a DIY rope anchor for my wall.

This project is extremely easy and inexpensive – which is my favorite combination. I started with a $1 plain frame from Michaels, some small craft sticks from the Dollar Tree, and leftover cork drawer liner.

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I traced the frame onto the cork and cut it out with scissors and an Exacto knife. I used two types of glue to make sure the cork stayed on the frame. First, I used spray glue to get some instant adhesion. Then, I used Fast Grab craft glue because it is stronger than the spray glue long term.

How to makeover a $1 frame from Michael's

I painted 4 of my craft sticks navy blue, and then cut them to fit diagonally in each corner of the frame. To cut them, I scored them with a knife and then they snapped apart cleanly. I attached them with super glue.

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Six craft sticks received a coat of white paint. When they were dry, I started layering them around the interior opening of the frame.

Cork & craft sticks make a $1 frame nautical

Each layer was also attached with super glue.

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I used six white craft sticks total, two rows vertical and one row horizontal. After I glued the top layer, I placed paint bottles on each corner to help set the glue.

Craft sticks give a $1 frame the nautical look

When everything was dry, I printed an anchor clip art and added the frame to my new bookshelves! 

I already had the cork and craft sticks on hand, so my only expense was the $1 frame! I’m sure I’ll be over the nautical trend at some point, so I loved adding a touch of it without spending a ton of money.

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Are you on board with the nautical theme?

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Melissa recently jumped off the corporate ladder and into the world of blogging to pursue her passions full time. She loves upcycle crafting, organization, & getting a great deal. Her blog, A Prudent Life, aims to balance crafting & home décor with anything that can be done today to make a better tomorrow – like budgeting & healthy living. Melissa lives in Oklahoma with her super awesome marketing guru/graphic designer husband & her German Shepherd Maddie, who loves to make appearances on the blog.

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  1. Love it! It goes perfectly in your office.